Leonardo da Vinci is known as the worlds greatest genius. He was a master in many domains. However in 1491, early in his career as a painter, he got passed over for one of the best gigs in history – painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Instead of doubling down his effort in paint, he decided to become more than an artist. He moved to Milan and pursued all the crafts and sciences that held his interest. Architecture, military engineering, hydraulics, anatomy, and sculpture became his domains to dominate. The worlds never seen such a refined Renaissance man since.
So, friend, learn from Leo. You may be bummed about some big project or promotion that just passed you by. You may be dealing with some closed doors for something you had your heart set upon. You may be learning how to live with loss – personal, financial, relational, or professional. Remember, historically speaking, most great accomplishment emerges from great obstacles. As Marcus Aurelius observed – “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Leonardo da Vinci lost the bid to paint the Sistine and found his life’s calling as a result. Lost and found is the gig. What is seemingly standing in your way, friend, just might be the way to your next expression. From great obstacles emerge great accomplishment. See your predicaments as obstacles enabling your ultimate, God directed way. You’ve got to surrender at some point and let the sense of loss set you free. As Bono describes his personal creative journey – “It’s always the darkest just before the dawn.” Thanks, Leonardo, for showing us the way. Thanks for not staying down. Thanks for moving from lost to found. We are all lost and found, aren’t we?
Live hard. Love harder…